TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - With the famous Tupelo Elvis Festival starting, city officials continue to be excited about the event's economic and tourism impact.
2018 marks 20 years of the festival. It kicked off Wednesday night and will continue to Sunday.
The festival brings in people from across the world.
Dick Guyton, the executive director of the Elvis Presley Birthplace & Museum, says last year's festival brought in people from at least 30 countries.
"The CVB estimates that we bring about a million dollars a year in tax revenue for the city," he said. "We're considered the number one tourist attraction in the state of Mississippi."
"I like the music and just the man himself," said Diane Bring of Lincoln, Nebraska. "A very generous man. A lot of people should live by that."
For some people, this festival is one of the most important events of their year.
"It's just like a family reunion, meeting the friends that we have over the years and anticipating meeting new friends," said Shirley Hodges of Milledgeville, Georgia.
And with so many people visiting, the push is for people to stay in Tupelo for the entire festival.
"And in some cases, they will overnight here, and that's what we are encouraging all of them to do is come and spend the night in Tupelo," Guyton said.
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